Amble and District
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S.S. Upcerne
28th April 1918

Owned by the Minterne Steamship Co., built 1906 by Ropner and Son. 2984 tons, 331' x 47' x 22.2';  284 nominal horsepower; 9 knots; triple expansion engines. Torpedoed and sunk by German Submarine UC40 4miles SE. by S. of Coquet Island, Northumberland. Vessel was sailing from Narvik to Middlesbrough with a cargo of iron ore and timber. 16 crew lost, Captain survived.

All the following men are Mercantile Marine and are commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial.

First Mate James Snell Cockram, aged 50. Son of the late William and Alice Cockram; husband of Elizabeth Cockram (nee Midgley), of 31, Granville St., Hull. Born at Hull.

Boatswain (Bosun) K. Ellingsen, aged 49. Born at Bergen, Norway.

Able Seaman E. Eriksen, aged 29. Born at Christiania, Norway.

Fireman and Trimmer J. Evans, aged 42. Born at Glasgow.

Second Mate George Gray, aged 35. Son of the late George and Annie Gray; husband of Beatrice Gray (nee Swan), of 22, Stanley St. West North Shields. Born at Newcastle.

Second Engineer O. Herapath, aged 33. Born at Llantrisant, Glam.

Able Seaman William Hilden, aged 38. Born in Finland.

Donkeyman Joseph Kinelato, aged 44. Husband of Martha Kinelato (nee Davis), of 86, South Palmerston St., South Shields. Born at Hong Kong. Late R.N. Reserve.

Fireman David Jones, aged 59. Son of the late Henry and Elizabeth Jones. Born at Cavan.

Carpenter C. Larsen, aged 43.  Born in Denmark.

Pantry Boy Daniel Marks, aged 16. Son of Joseph and Rebecca Marks (nee Drokarsky), of 24, Lilac Terrace, Leeds. Born at Leeds.

Ordinary Seaman Oswald Stanley McCaffrey, aged 16.  Son of Sarah Ann McCaffrey (nee Stewart), of 37, Waterlow Place, South Shields, and the late Francis McCaffrey. Born at North Shields.

Fireman and Trimmer James Henry McNab,  aged 27. Son of Henry and Mary McNab (nee Flinn), of 22, Bird St., North Shields. Born at North Shields.

Chief Engineer John Smith, aged 56.  Husband of Margaret Smith, of 62, Bishopsthorpe Rd., York. Born at Newcastle.

Fireman and Trimmer Charles Louis Stroobants, aged 44.  Son of Charles Louis Stroobants, and the late Mrs. Stroobants; husband of Mary Stroobants (nee Anderson), of 4, Broad Quay, North Shields. Born at Brussels.

Able Seaman Joseph Edward Edmund Theriault, aged 32. Son of Celeste Theriault (nee Bondreaut), of House Harbour, Magdalen Islands, Gaspe, Province of Quebec, Canada, and the late Francois Theriault. Born at House Harbour.




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